New Orleans Renovation – Art Gallery Expansion
In 2008, Collums Construction began a project to expand an existing Julia Street gallery. The gallery project had an accelerated construction schedule due to its grand opening coordinating with the Prospect 1 city wide art exhibit in 2008. So from the start, there was no room in the schedule for any kind of delays. The project was also very labor intensive due to the amount of artistic materials used. The renovation included custom cabinetry (built in our New Orleans millworks shop), specialty art lighting, white stone counter tops, reclaimed heart pine beams for the entry, and one of a kind white resin flooring. Every portion of this New Orleans renovation had a color scheme of white to better accent the art being displayed.
The rear of the gallery has custom work spaces, art storage racks, as well as overhead storage for larger pieces of art. Even the doors are not a typical wood or metal. The two doors in the gallery were made of a custom resin material called 3-Form. We ended up using the left over 3-Form material from the doors to create a custom inset lighting in the opening connecting the two galleries.
Since the project was being finished right before before the grand opening, the gallery owner had no choice but to start hanging some of the art during the remodel. The owners collection included a Dale Chihuly, which is a very large, hanging art sculpture made up of hundreds of pieces of hand blown glass. This a very heavy sculpture, and a special 1” threaded rod was used in the ceiling to install it. The artist himself had to send one of his assistants down from up north to assemble the sculpture. Working around this Chihuly sculpture during the finish of the renovation brought on a sense of real intensity that was just plain visible.
All in all this was a fabulous project. The finish was strong, and the deadline was met. Not one single install on this gallery was run of the mill. Every single piece took a decent amount of research to execute, especially the resin flooring. Several professional flooring consultants were hand selected to ensure the proper research, and procedure was in the hands of our project manager Thomas Nevitt III. With this information, Mr. Nevitt took all steps necessary to complete the project on time. Eight weeks of long, labor intensive days and countless hours of research helped Hal Collums Construction complete a great New Orleans renovation. We are so proud of the end result that we are posting large images below: